50 Hilariously Bad Movie Details That People Have Shared On This Page (New Pics)
Many of us revel in the thrill of unlocking concealed doors and uncovering secret messages left in movies. They’re called Easter eggs, subtle in-jokes, clues, and references that filmmakers sneak into their creations to surprise their audience. Hidden in plain sight, they make the most devoted eagle-eyed cinema enthusiasts go out of their way to find these ultimate rewards and share their discoveries with everyone on the internet.
But this post is not about them. Instead, we’re taking a deep dive into ridiculous, hilarious, and completely made-up movie details that remind us to take everything we read online with a pinch of salt. There’s even an entire community over on Reddit dedicated to sharing these sarcastic "facts" and poking fun at movies, actors, plots, and modern pop culture along the way.
So buckle up and get ready for your daily dose of irony that is bound to cause at least a few genuine laughs. We have scoured the group and gathered some of the best posts they had to offer, so continue scrolling and upvote your favorite ones! Tell us what you think about them in the comments section below, and be sure to check out our earlier parts of this feature right here and here.
In Spider-Man (2002) Peter has a radioactive spider bite the size of a golf ball but instead of going to a doctor he decides to sleep it off. This is because Peter lives in America
In Home Alone 2, Donald Trump tells Kevin to get to the hotel lobby by going down the hall and to the left. However, Kevin gets there by ignoring his directions and taking a right. This is a reference to the fact that you should never take advice from Donald Trump
To learn more about hidden movie details, the significance behind them, and why we feel so entertained making fun of our favorite films, we reached out to Michael W. Boyce, Ph.D., a Professor of English and Film Studies at Booth University College in Winnipeg, Canada. He told Bored Panda that he believes Easter eggs in motion pictures are great: "The most passionate fans get a chance to show off their arcane knowledge and feel like they’re in on something special, secret."
On a purely business basis, it also demands multiple viewing for movie buffs to try and catch everything, the professor added. But still, even the most loyal fans can miss Easter eggs. Sometimes the view of the egg moves on screen so quickly, that "it can only be appreciated with high resolution pausing," he said.
In Iron Man (2008) Tony Stark pledges to shut down the weapons division of Stark Industries after his convoy was hit by a Stark Industries missile in Afghanistan. This is a reference to the fact that billionaires don't care how much harm they cause until it affects them personally
In their movies from the X-Men universe (2000-2018), Deadpool and Wolverine are Canadian-born superheroes whose powers are unlimited free healthcare
We also managed to get in touch with Melanie Williams, film historian and professor at the University of East Anglia. "I think Easter Eggs are mostly quite a fun thing, rewarding viewers' vigilance," she told us. "But sometimes when elaborate fan theories are attached to certain motifs, it can get a bit close to conspiracy theory territory when everything has a hidden meaning," the professor added that the documentary about The Shining, Room 237, treads that tightrope.
"The idea of the Easter Egg hunt is that someone's hidden them for you to find. Or that they're an in-joke for the makers of the film, which may have been the case in older productions: When you could only see a film at the cinema (like initially Star Wars), it would be very difficult to spot the THX reference," Williams is talking about the hints to the film THX 1138 by George Lucas. "But ever since playback technologies of various kinds from VCR onwards, it's become a game that more people can participate in." However, she believes that Hitchcock's cameos were a kind of prototype for this — "something to look out for in every one of his films."
In The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019), Elon Musk is shown working at a soup kitchen, presenting him as an individual that cares for the less fortunate. This is our first indication throughout the entire show that its events are in fact fictional
In order to prepare for his role as the broody and depressed Batman, Robert Pattinson spent 14 years being known as the guy from Twilight
In A Quiet Place (2018) the kids are able to stay quiet for more than 5 seconds at a time. This is because they are not my neighbors' children.
Since everyone has their own traits and takes notice of their surroundings differently, it’s nearly impossible to create an Easter egg that every single person could uncover. However, it turns out that when fans sometimes find a secret note in the film, it comes as a surprise even for the filmmakers. "We’re story people — we like to make links and connections, even when they’re not intentional. If you meet someone for the first time and discover you have a mutual friend or both attended the same summer camp, you start to project a narrative — you were somehow meant to meet," Boyce explained.
"I am aware of some Easter eggs in films that the directors/writers have said, 'No, that wasn’t on purpose.' Does it mean that it’s not an Easter egg? Not necessarily," Boyce continued. "We can be influenced by things subconsciously, or secondhand. Even eggs that are purely coincidence can still produce meaning."
Christopher Waltz played a racist guy in Inglorious Basterds, and a not racist guy in Django Unchained. This is a nod to the fact he is an actor
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus was the only Roman Emperor to achieve the rank of Jedi Master
Beauty and the Beast (1991) opens with Belle’s entire village singing a song about how beautiful, funny and unique Belle is. Belle, in turn, sings about how pathetic and simple the villagers’ lives are. This establishes that Belle is a stone cold b**ch who thinks she is better than everyone else
Discovering subtle details in movies takes time, patience, and sometimes even a dash of luck. But once you stumble across one, you feel a great pleasure. "It's an archetypal movie nerd activity to comb over tiny fleeting details from a film and then interpret all kinds of things into them," Williams noted. "The filmmakers obviously love that anybody is paying such close attention and therefore perform this fan service to reward their loyal followers."
"As long as nobody takes it or themselves too seriously (and sadly, often they do!), I think it's a great way of introducing people to what you can get from paying close attention to the details of a film's mise-en-scene so it can be a nice gateway to film analysis," the film historian added.
In the movie Don't Look Up, Leonardo DiCaprio is shown married to a woman who's in her mid 40s. This confirms that the movie is sci-fi because it's impossible for DiCaprio to be with a woman if she's over 25.
In Frozen (2013), Anna sings about how she is so alone, despite having dozens of servants that work in the castle daily. This is because royalty don't see staff as people, but more like a kind of mobile furniture. She would rather talk to paintings than to speak with Kai, her lifelong valet
In Aquaman, Amber Heard's character is seen taking care of her partner. This suggests this film is purely work of a fiction
When asked why it is so rewarding to find or learn about hidden tidbits in films online, Boyce thinks it comes down to an expression of a person’s fandom. "We like to feel special, included. This is a small way we can do this," he explained.
"For some, simply knowing they’re aware of something most people aren’t is more than enough to feel special. Others will attempt to share their knowledge with others (usually people utterly uninterested in that level of detail) by pointing out all the details." Then, there's a whole other category of people who "use this to gatekeep fandoms and exclude fans who aren’t in on the eggs — if you don’t know then you’re not a 'real' fan," Boyce stated.
In Silence of the Lambs (1991) the FBI cake in the finale is cut in a way so that justice is served
In Free Guy (2021), multiple characters comment on how physically attractive the main character is. This is a reference to the fact that Ryan Reynolds was not only the lead actor of the film but also the producer
In the early days of the MCU, many actors had to go shirtless in order to save costs on the wardrobe budget.
But while there are tons of fascinating facts about movies and how they’re made, there are also places that consistently parodies them. As it turns out, masses of film enthusiasts on the internet love it. "I think some people poke fun at this because it's really easy to poke fun at something you’re passionate about," Boyce guessed why we’re so eager and entertained to read these made-up facts.
"We’re vulnerable to the things we love," he continued. "Most people poke fun in a lighthearted manner, but because some people take their fandoms so seriously, it can sometimes lead to hurt. But then we’re always hurt by what we love, right?"
In Captain America (2011), a defrosted Steve Rogers stares in confusion as to why Nick Fury is giving orders, this is a nod to the fact that Steve Rogers came from a racist timeline
In Pacific Rim (2013), the opening monologue states that humanity threw aside all past political and social rivalries to stand united against a world-changing disaster. This is proof the movie is a work of fiction
Encanto (2021) is a classic magical realism movie. It blends realism, like a traditional Colombian village, with things that are impossible, such as an abuela admitting she was wrong about something.
The subreddit in question was created in July 2017 and has gained a strong foothold on the platform. It has amassed over 821K members who are always on the lookout for the newest posts, with a few thousand people scrolling through the forum at any given moment. Well, the page certainly knows how to draw in the crowds by being packed with tongue-in-cheek humor that can make any movie enthusiast burst into laughter.
In Morbius (2022), there's a scene where Detective Rodriguez tries to lure a cat by shaking its litter box and saying, "here kitty kitty." The idea that you can attract something by shaking a box of s**t in front of it is a reference to Sony promoting this film to us for 2 years
In The Batman (2022), Selina's electric bill is $492.64 for her small apartment. This explains why the movie is so freaking dark since no one can afford to pay their light bills
In Wonder Woman 1984, Steve is amazed by an escalator despite them being commonly used in stores by the time he died in 1918. This is a reference to how bad the script is
Bored Panda previously managed to get in touch with one of the moderators of this community, Merari01, who explained that the subreddit was created when the top mod "saw an opening in the market." "People on reddit love making silly jokes and puns. There's lots of in-jokes and running gags and that makes a good breeding ground for playfully memeing in the context of movies," the moderator explained the reason behind the group’s success.
Merari01 revealed that many people get mixed up "all the time," don’t notice the sarcasm, and take the posts on the subreddit seriously. But according to the moderator, "It’s part of the fun."
Despite receiving praise from both critics and viewers alike, the Get trilogy is still considered by most as the most confusing trilogy in cinematic history
In RoboCop (1987) RoboCop kills numerous people even though Asimov's Laws of Robotics should prevent a robot from harming humans. This is a reference to the fact that laws don't actually apply to cops
In Watchmen (2009) a graffiti reads "Who watches the Watchmen?" this is a reference to me, as I am currently watching Watchmen.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry is surprised to discover there are other magic schools in the world apart from Hogwarts. This is a reference to how self centered British education system is, as they haven't mentioned a single foreign wizard in 3 years of history of magic class.
In ‘The Manalorian we see frog lady cross the galaxy protecting her eggs with her life. This is a reference to the lengths which most women will go to protect their eggs from the average Star Wars fan
In the film the Matrix (1999), the main character Neo has combat training downloaded into his mind, then informs Morpheus that he knows Kung Fu. This scene was inspired by people with black belts who won't shut the fuck up about it
The scene where Luke Skywalker is milking the alien in The Last Jedi was put in as a reference to Disney milking the Star Wars franchise for all it’s worth
In Casino Royale (2006), James Bond says "The b**ch is dead" at the end of the film. This is a mistake, as Margaret Thatcher was still alive at the time
Panic Room (2002) was originally a very different movie, however, when Jared Leto appeared on set, Jodie Foster immediately locked herself and Kristen Stewart in a room away from him and refused to leave until filming ended
Glad they could make it happen!
In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) in addition to using magic outside Hogwarts, Hermione fixes Harry's glasses but not his vision because she is not as smart as everyone thinks she is
Tenet has the most simple plot ever
In Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016), Ellen DeGeneres plays the forgetful fish Dory. This is a nod to the fact that we should all forget Ellen
In Spider-Man (2002) whenever Peter uses his powers he briefly becomes 20 years older with a receding hairline
In Iron Man (2008) one of the characters tries to steal the heart of the main character but it isn't considered a romantic movie
Thanks to tireless research by a team of scientists, we now know Avengers: Infinity War (2018) was a work of fiction
Steven Seagal gained 60 pounds for his role in "contract to kill". nobody asked him to
In Spider-Man (2002), Peter Parker sells photos to the Daily Bugle that obviously only Spider-Man could've taken. This shows that everyone in this movie is an idiot
In Turning Red (2022) the school officer is Sikh. This is because he is a Sikh-curity Guard
In Spider-Man (2002) Peter Parker's first name is really Jesus.
In Avatar (2009), not only are the aliens from Pandora blue, but all the humans and objects are also blue because I need to fix the RGB settings on my TV
In this scene from The Shining (1980), Richard Hallorann says "...they turned out to be completely unreliable a**holes." This is a reference to my "friend" Brad and his sister who forgot to pick me up from the airport today. I'm posting this from a $150 Uber
In The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Christian Bale and Tom Hardy were such good method actors that they pretended to understand each other when they speak
In the 1976 drama film Taxi Driver, the camera man does not appear in the mirror while recording this scene. This was an intentional choice by the director as the camera man is not a character in the movie
In Shazam! (2019), Superman is only seen from the neck down since the movie didn’t have the budget to erase his mustache
In Titanic (1997), there are a lot of similarities between the old lady’s story and what happens to Rose, implying they might be the same person.